My horse only moves forward when I'm pushing - if I relax she stops

“I have a new horse. She’s unfit and quite green. I’ve had plenty of experience (5 years) but I’ve never had a green horse before and I could do with some pointers on how to keep her going without having to kick all the time.”


This is such a great question – and actually the whole reason I started my blog. So many riders know what they want to achieve but just need pointing in the right direction.


I’m not usually one to push my schooling guides but I’m going to give you the link to one which has five step by step ways to increase her reaction to your aids. It’s not written for beginners – it’s for riders like you to give you some clear things to do and try so you can set some goals for her and yourself.

So the link to it is here and it won’t break the bank as its 99p but having said that keep reading because I’ll give you some pointers further down!  

So, you need a plan. You’re first aim is right – she needs to go forward when you ask her – without you having to ride every single step. There’s a great post on the blog here  which will help.


Your aim should be to have your legs against her sides as an encouragement, more of a ‘we’re on the same side’ rather than ‘get going!’. You’re giong to need to tap her up with your whip at first so she starts to listen to you a bit more. She’s probably feeling unfit and less inclined to get going at the moment so she’s going to test you out a bit. You’ll need to be consistent – do the same thing every time you ride in and out of the school so she knows you really mean business.


Read more of this great advice from School Your Horse


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